Jerome trucker in critical condition
SLIPPERY ROCK – A Jerome man was injured critically around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in an accident involving three tractor-trailers on Route 8 north of Slippery Rock.
Donald Walker, 71, was taken by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.
Walker was southbound and following a vehicle that slowed to make a left turn onto Station Road, state police said. Walker applied the brakes and swerved to avoid the vehicle, but his rig jackknifed and traveled into the path of a northbound rig, police said. The northbound truck hit Walker’s truck and then struck a bridge abutment. A truck following Walker was not able to avoid striking the rear of Walker’s rig before hitting an embankment, police said.
Neither of the other drivers was injured, police said.
Firefighters start fund to aid family
WINDBER – A fire that left a family of six homeless Tuesday has been ruled accidental, Windber Fire Department’s assistant chief said.
The department is rallying around Gina Hillegas’ family by setting up a fund to help replace items lost in the fire. Hillegas is an emergency medical technician with Windber-based Northern EMS.
Assistant Chief Bob Haddad said the family lost their furniture, children’s toys “and just about everything else” in the fire.
The home was insured, but the family was unable to salvage much more than the clothes on their backs, he said, noting that even a daughter’s trophies from horse shows were destroyed.
Donations can be sent to the Gina M. Hillegas Fire Fund at any Somerset Trust Co. bank branch, Haddad said.
The fire department plans to post clothing sizes for the family on its website, windberfire.com.
Man had portable meth lab, police say
MEYERSDALE – A Meyersdale man faces drug charges after police said they found a portable meth lab stashed in his duffel bag.
State police in Somerset said Larry Wilt Jr. was arrested after police found a bag near Miller Run Road on March 24.
The case remains under investigation, police said.
Basket party will benefit senior center
A basket party to benefit the Johnstown Senior Activity Center, 550 Main St., will be held at noon Saturday.
Tickets, which are $5, include 25 basket tickets, lunch, cookies and coffee.
An additional 25 basket tickets are available for $5.
Nearly 30 baskets are expected to be given way.
Proceeds will benefit the center’s activities and programs.
For more information, call 535-8634.
Blood drive honoring local cancer patient
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in support of Brian Mahon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Galleria mall in Richland Township.
The drive will take place near Aunt Annie’s Pretzels.
Mahon, who lives in Richland, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in November and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
To schedule an appointment for this or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Jerome trucker in critical condition
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High-tech help: Geistown tackles stormwater runoff problems
How can computer mapping technology help Geistown Borough to solve its trouble with stormwater runoff?
That’s the question being answered as borough officials chart catch basins with the help of Cambria County Geographical Information Systems and Pitt-Johnstown’s geography department.
App aids pregnant women
It is no secret that good prenatal, postnatal and newborn medical care promotes healthy babies.
But studies show pregnant women who are eligible for Medicaid insurance often don’t know how to access the medical care they need during pregnancy.
Controversy arises over college plan
A community college planned in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania would open the doors of higher education to students in an 11-county area, but it’s also stirring controversy about who pays the bills.
Visitors sweet on maple Taste & Tour
Sunday’s late winter scene at Baer Bros. Maple Camp was one that has been a tradition here for nearly a century.
Couple minister through cursillo, visiting inmates
Nicholas and Mercedes Smith are spreading the Catholic faith by listening. By hearing the word of the Lord, they can spread that message by ministering to others.
Event to showcase women’s interests
From the practical to the fanciful, this will be a girls’ day out.
The eighth annual Women’s Showcase and Basket Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Singing comics give voice to new style
The power of the human voice will be evident when Vox Audio appears at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township. Without prerecorded tracks or instruments, the group’s five vocalists use only their voices to create texture, rhythm, bass, and even trumpet and electric guitar.
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Cambria officials fear loss of judge
As officials work toward reducing employee numbers in anticipation of a change in the county’s class designation, Cambria’s declining population should have minimal if any immediate impact on the number of judges on the bench of the court of common pleas.
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